Leadership Clinton

About the Clinton County Leadership Institute


Our mission


Develop, Inspire, and Connect people today to shape our tomorrow. CCLI accomplishes its mission through continuous improvement of engaging adult, youth, and seminar programs fueled with leadership capacity building, community projects, and community awareness. Learn more about our programs.

Our History


The Clinton County Leadership Institute (CCLI) is a 501 c3 non-profit community leadership organization formed in 1986.

Robert Lucas, President of Wilmington College, participated in Leadership Cincinnati while superintendent of Princeton Schools. With support from Dorothy Moore, Wilmington Area Chamber of Commerce Board member, he chaired a task force in May 1986 to explore founding of the independent Clinton County Leadership Institute. Over 80 Clinton County business and community leaders purchased $7,600 in bonds to hire Claudia Damschroder as first Program Coordinator and to begin the first Leadership Clinton class in Spring 1987. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation status was achieved shortly thereafter. Lennis Perkins designed logos for the Institute, selecting green and gold for the agricultural nature of Clinton County. Green stands for growth while gold represents the importance of future leadership to the quality of life in Clinton County.